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Sudha Murthy – Not lost behind Murthy!

August 28, 2009

Choosing a career or living one’s dreams is still not considered that easy for a woman…  especially in India. Lot of things come in the way – parents, husband, children, and responsibilities. In this blog, we will be witnessing a woman who has lived her dreams even with all her responsibilities. Now, isn’t that commendable?!

Sudha Murthy, a B.E. in Electrical Engineering from the B.V.B. College of Engineering & Technology and M.Tech in Computer Science, is an Indian social worker, an accomplished author, and a teacher. She is known for her philanthropic work through the Infosys Foundation. She was also the first woman engineer to be selected in Telco (now Tata Motors), Pune. An electrical engineer turned teacher turned philanthropist turned author! Now, this is beyond praise!

Recently, she wrote a brilliant piece, in which she says, “Have I lost my identity as a woman, in Murthy’s (Mr. Narayan Murthy, the non-executive Chairman and Chief Mentor of Infosys) shadow? No, I might be Mrs. Narayan Murthy. I might be Akshata and Rohan’s mother. I might be the trustee of Infosys Foundation. But I am still Sudha. Like all women, I play different roles. That doesn’t mean we don’t have our own identity. Women have that extra quality of adaptability and learn to fit into different shoes. But we are our own selves still. And we have to exact our freedom by making the right choices in our lives, dictated by us and not by the world.” How thought provoking!

It’s her passion and commitment to use what she has been blessed with for the benefit of others that keeps Sudha Murthy ticking. Very few are aware of Sudha Murthy’s achievements. She has many accolades to her credit like the most precious ‘Padmashri award’.

Sudha Murthy gave up her career after she had children not because her husband had asked her to but because she felt that Mr. Murthy’s dreams encompassed not only himself, but a generation of people. But this didn’t stop her from fulfilling her zeal. Though she stayed back, she didn’t sit back and do nothing. She pursued her writing career and authored around 92 booksin various Indian languages. Gradually, when the children’s dependence on her became less, she got into social work and single-handedly evangelized the move towards corporate social responsibility. She has worked almost for a decade to change the lives of children in the heart of rural Karnataka by giving them access to food and education.

Mrs. Murthy loves to travel around the world and she does that without being assisted by her husband (Mr. Murthy hates to travel!). She also goes out for movies with her students and secretary every other week. Mrs. Murthy had said in an interview, “I am still young at heart. I really enjoyed watching ’Kaho Na Pyaar Hai’; I am a Hrithik Roshan fan.” 😀

Mrs. Murthy might have given up her career for her husband but that didn’t stop her there. She made choices that are effective in her life and that is the very reason that she is still enjoying her life to the fullest! To quote her, “when a woman gives up her right to choose for herself, that is when she crosses over from being an individual to a doormat.”
How true! Not only women but it is true for everyone. Once you start choosing for yourself then nothing can stop you from being successful, independent, and happy!

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